The delegation will then participate in the Exchanges’ first-ever six-day programme in Washington, DC – the US capital – to explore issues related to civic engagement and volunteerism in the United States.
The Emirati-American Young Leaders Cultural Exchange is an Emirates Foundation programme sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Crown Princes’ Courts and supported by the UAE Embassy in Washington DC.
On three previous occasions, different groups of some 20 young American leaders (all Truman Scholars) have travelled to the UAE to meet with leaders in business and government across the Emirates, along with their Emirati peers.
According to reports from the participants, these Exchanges have greatly enhanced the American participants’ knowledge of the Middle East, Arab culture, and the Muslim faith, as well as helped them to develop long-term relationships with their counterparts from the Emirates.
The upcoming reunion programme marks the first formal visit by a delegation of young Emirati leaders to the United States as part of the Exchange.
On Thursday, June 18, the Emiratis will reunite with their American counterparts at a dinner hosted by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. This will be the first time many of these young leaders will have seen one another since they spent a week travelling the Emirates together.
In addition to reuniting with the Truman Scholars whom they hosted in the UAE, the group will explore issues related to civic engagement and volunteerism in the United States.
The Emiratis will participate in service projects, such as working with a local Habitat for Humanity chapter to build a house.
The group will also receive tours of iconic DC landmarks, such as the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
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